Dr. Hammerschlag responds to Affordable Care Act

“We can provide better, cheaper healthcare by moving from the current interventional model to one that’s based on prediction and prevention,” says Dr. Carl Hammerschlag.

Thursday the Supreme Court issued its historic decision on the Accountable Care Act (Obamacare). I was speaking to the Indiana Hospital Association where they broadcast it live. When the reporters first announced that the individual mandate was unconstitutional there was an audible gasp, it meant that for hospitals it was going to be business as usual. For “safety net” hospitals (those who see the most uninsured emergencies) it meant no relief, but then they corrected themselves and said that indeed it was constitutional and you could hear the sigh of relief.

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Why Medicaid Expansion is Key Part of Health Reform

Dr. Aaron Carroll poses the following question in his latest article on CNN.com. “For the sake of argument, let’s assume the health care law will not be stripped down by a new president and Congress. In which case, we need to start asking an important question: What will happen with Medicaid?”

He goes on to say that “Many Americans still don’t understand how Medicaid works. The biggest misperception is that Medicaid is a universal health care program for all poor people. That’s just not true. Many people with little to no income do not qualify for Mediaid.” His further discussion delivers a clear well thought out overview of Medicaid and how the Affordable Care Act will affect its future,  in both service and cost.  
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